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Comment: Re:What about the ads (Score 1) 110

Where do you understand that from? AFAIK cable companies don't insert ads into the local networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, etc). They do insert ads into "cable channels" but those ad slots are specifically designed for the cable companies to sell ad space for. There may be a default commercial that plays for the national feed, but it can be overlaid with a local ad if the slot sells.

Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 2) 110

Networks don't want Aereo as it will rock the boat and introduce competition in markets that have long been dominated by oligopolies. In most areas, you have one cable company that services the area, and if you're lucky, the local telco might also offer television service. You also have Dish and DirecTV.

Most networks opt to charge the cable/telco/satellite company a fee instead of forcing them to be carried as a must-carry station. If a more convenient or alternate source of locals were available, it could result in lower revenues from fees. So stations have a reason to want to keep availability scarce. Networks obviously have a vested interest in keeping the stations happy, so they fight the fight. Cable companies also join in as they may also own the local tv station. Or the TV network. Or are the content producers. Or all the above.

It's all about maximizing revenue while stifling competition that may take a portion of their pie.

Comment: Simplified summary (Score 5, Funny) 110

So a simplified summary of the issue is:

Aereo: We're not a cable company, we don't have to pay royalties.
Networks: Yes you are, you have to pay us
Aereo: No we aren't. Sue us.
Networks: Ok
Lower Courts:You're like a cable company.
Aereo: Are you sure?
SCOTUS: Yes.
Aereo: Crap. We'll be a cable company and pay the royalties then.
Networks: You're not a cable company
Aereo: C'mon man!

Comment: Re:One hundred *billion* dollars? (Score 1) 103

Why do I think this program will end up with a tiny, tiny fraction of that?

Why would you not think that $100b will be just a tiny fraction of the real final cost? What was the last completed military development project that came in at a tiny fraction of the original budgeted cost?

Comment: Re:This is so incredibly stupid. (Score 1) 415

by cdrudge (#47398771) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

A) There is this little thing called "The Internet" that people use to send each other information. Why the hell would someone go to the risk of keeping a thumb drive that can be identified as in their possession and have their fingerprints, when they can just send an encrypted file?

Why the hell would anyone save something to the cloud that can be electronically eavesdropped when it can be saved to a flash drive locally and available whenever/wherever you may be? It applies just as much to illegal images, your legal banking/tax records, or anything else in between.

Comment: Re:ah (Score 2) 228

by cdrudge (#47363387) Attached to: The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

For the same reason I usually hate LEO with a passion. They don't write the laws, nor make laws convoluted. That's the job of the legislative branch (local, state, or federal). They just are power trippy and decide to interpret and enforce the law however they see fit ultimately letting a court decide your fate...after a long, expensive, drawn out process that is suppose to be innocent-until-proven-guilty but often is more the opposite.

Comment: Re:It is Canada's fault! (Score 1) 130

They could have easily complied with the law by sending out a non-advertisement security-related email saying that if they wished to remain on the mailing list they would need to explicitly "opt-in" to the list again, (re)confirming their desire to receive the emails. At that time they could either specify that the newly reconfirmed opt-in list might receive security AND/OR advertisements, or make the list security only without plugging any of their products/services.

Comment: Re:It is Canada's fault! (Score 1) 130

What it boils down to is this. If you send an un-solicited email to someone you have not done business with in the last 2 years, and they have not opted in before and, and they believe your email to be spam, boom, you are culpable.

Easy solution: don't email people that you don't have reasonable proof that they explicitly opted in sometime in the previous 2 years. I can't think of too many situations where a 2+ year old lead would be valuable from a marketing standpoint without a more recent business relationship.

Comment: Re:Your taxes at work (Score 1) 501

Technically, Mexico is a first-world state since their a democracy who is aligned with NATO. The term comes from the Cold War...1st world=western democracies , 2nd=eastern communist (Warsaw Pact)/ 3rd=everyone else who hadn't chosen sides yet.

Technically words and phrases can have more than one meaning and can change over time. In the case of third world countries, in recent decades that has shifted from the original definition of non-aligned countries to underdeveloped or developing nations.

Comment: Re:So they can keep this one guy's data for years. (Score 2) 63

by cdrudge (#47305841) Attached to: US Court Dings Gov't For Using Seized Data Beyond Scope of Warrant

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetency. Or something like that.

I'm sure that the best system admins around the world have deleted a file, mistakenly reused a backup tape out of order, or otherwise screwed up and lost something irretrievable sometime in their careers.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)

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